Kellybrook was established in 1962 and has quietly gone about making lovely wines and cider from their property in Wonga Park. In June 2011 Rob Hall joined the team after spending almost 10 years at Mount Mary. He was keen to spread his wings and try some new and interesting things with wines and introduced the Estate range wines. Made exclusively from fruit from the vineyard in Wonga Park and they are something special for sure. I have no doubt in saying the Estate range of wines will be considered classics of the Yarra in a few years time. We will focus on the Estate wines but will also include a few of the other Kellybrook range too. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the ground floor!
Gewurz is one of those varieties that doesn’t play like the others. It is naturally low in acid and if you try to adjust it up you get a wine that just feels and tastes wrong. Rob and the team are happy to let Gewurz have its way and the result is a wine dripping in lychee and tropical fruits, with floral notes and sweet spices. The palate is viscous but phenolics stop it from being cloying or flabby. This is a wonderfully complex wine that is one of the best examples of the variety I have had from Australia.
Yarra Valley – A region that is just too big to generalise about. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. Great wines are made in the Yarra but it is best to know the producers.
Gewurztramier – Is a highly aromatic and textural variety. It is also one of those varieties that doesn’t play like the others. It has a very small picking window, going from perfect to over ripe in a matter of days. It is naturally low in acid and if you try to adjust it up you get a wine that just feels and tastes wrong. But when it all goes well…. ahhhh perfection.